It’s very tiring to listen to every single word and understand everything the speaker says. You need to know what words to listen for and when to follow the tape to get the right answers in the listening test. Strategies can help you become a more skillful listener.

Important Listening Strategies

  •   Listen for a reason. Always read the questions beforehand to understand what information you need to find out.
  •   Do not read Section 2 and Section 3 Questions while preparing for Section 1 Questions. This will only distract you.
  •   Underline the key words in each question. When you hear the speaker using the key words, get ready - the information you need is about to come
  •   Listen to ABC (Australian Radio), BBC (British Radio), and CBC (Canadian Radio) every day for 10 minutes or so. They are all three internet radios.
  •   Take notes! Notes do increase your ability to follow the speaker.
  •   If you are not sure about an answer, guess! There is no negative marking in IELTS.

There is simply not enough time to read all the passages and complete 40 questions in 60 minutes. You need to know how and where to find each answer in the reading text. Strategies can help you beat the clock.

  • Read the questions before you read the text. The answers are always about specific information, not general understanding!
  • Start with Question 1. Read it carefully, underline the key words, and understand what information you need to find out.
  • Do not read more than three sentences for each answer. If you cannot find the answer in three sentences, the answer is not in that paragraph!
  • If you are not sure which alternative (A/B/C/D) is correct, go for B (it is often the right one).
  • Know when to skim, when to scan, when to survey, and when to read for details.

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You simply cannot write what you want in the introduction, body paragraphs, and the conclusion of an essay. You need to write what examiners want to see.Strategies can help you write appropriate introductions, body paragraphs and conclusions.

  •   Read the IELTS Essay Question carefully to fully understand the focus of the essay. IELTS essay questions can have two or three focuses.
  •   Write a brief Introduction (two - three sentences). Simply paraphrase the IELTS Question to write your Introduction.
  •   Include a Thesis Statement in your Introduction. The Thesis Statement tells the essay topic and your opinion (if required).
  •   Write three to four Body Paragraphs. Make sure that you discuss ONE idea per paragraph.
  •   Include a Topic Sentence in each Body Paragraph. The Topic Sentence tells the main idea of the paragraph.
  •   Write a brief Conclusion (one or two sentences). Simply summarize the main points of the essay in your Conclusion.
  •   Link the sentences within each paragraph either logically or by using cohesive ties, i.e. words like “it”, “they”, “their”, and so on.
  •   Link the paragraphs to each other.
  •   Do not overuse linkers, i.e. words such as “additionally”, “moreover”, “consequently”, and so on.
  •   Proofread you writing. Check you essay for one or two grammar mistakes that you often make.

You simply cannot score Band 7.0 and above in IELTS without daily practice. Once you know about different questions examiners ask during the interview, you will need to learn from model answers and practice at home. Strategies will give you a Speaking Band 7

  •   Do not give short answers during Part 1 of the Speaking Interview. Your answers should be two - three sentences long.
  •   Include the reason WHY you do (or do not do a thing) when you answer Part 1 Questions.
  •   Do not memorise long answers. The examiners are trained to identify memorised answers.
  •   Use advanced grammar structures, such as “conditionals”, “comparative and superlative”, “modals”, “passive”, “wh-clauses”, and so on, when you answer IELTS questions.
  •   Use some academic words (i.e. words that are not widely used in everyday life) when you answer IELTS questions.
  •   Improve your conversational proficiency by using idioms properly in your speaking.
  •   Show the examiner that you know how to use emphatic and/or contrastive stress .
  •   If you do not remember a particular word, paraphrase it!
  •   Remember, examiner do not assess your ideas, only how you express them.